Millville vot­ers must re­ject an­other over­ride at­tempt

Woonsocket Call - - OPINION -

Have Millville lead­ers duped us? Af­ter calling a spe­cial town meet­ing, ask­ing res­i­dents to vote on an over­ride, and pre­sent­ing three fo­rums stress­ing the need for same, the meet­ing took place April 30, draw­ing a record crowd of 217 vot­ers. The sim­ple ma­jor­ity vote did not fa­vor the over­ride.

Ob­vi­ously, our lead­ers were dis­ap­pointed with the vote – they have now au­tho­rized a spe­cial elec­tion to re­visit the ques­tion, hop­ing they will get the an­swer they want to hear.

Many vot­ers are un­der­stand­ably up­set and con­fused since they made their feel­ings ex­plicit at the spe­cial meet­ing, where they were led to be­lieve that vote would carry.

Ob­vi­ously, the vote did not please our lead­ers, who in­sist on tak­ing this sec­ond ac­tion “in the best in­ter­est of the town.” News flash: the res­i­dents are “the town.” We are not a sep­a­rate en­tity. Are we be­ing duped again?

The date of the elec­tion war­rant is June 19. Re­al­ity is that a “yes” vote will do noth­ing to bal­ance the town bud­get. A “no” vote would send a mes­sage to our lead­ers that we need more fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and a more con­ser­va­tive ap­proach to town ex­pen­di­tures.

It is clear that town of­fi­cials are pas­sion­ate about pass­ing an over­ride, but ask your­self, who will profit from this move, and who will suf­fer?

Tax­ing our way out of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties through an over­ride is not the an­swer. An over­ride pro­vides a short­term fix. What hap­pens when our lead­ers again de­cide we don’t have enough money to pay for salary in­creases, newly-cre­ated po­si­tions and in­flated med­i­cal ex­penses? The re­sult is that we are right back where we started, only now our taxes are ex­ces­sively high!

These are ques­tions Millville tax­pay­ers need to think about be­fore go­ing to the polls on June 19. Please con­sider a “no” vote. Don’t be duped again.

Ellen Bowen


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